Man arrested on drunk-driving suspicions in fatal I-44 crash

Man arrested on drunk-driving suspicions in fatal I-44 crash

Man arrested on drunk-driving suspicions in fatal I-44 crash

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 28 at 9:13 AM

EUREKA, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A man has been arrested on suspicion of driving drunk after a wreck killed a truck driver and shut down Interstate 44 near Six Flags on Thursday.

Sgt. Al Nothum said the suspect was driving in the westbound lanes of I-44 when hit a guardrail, spun out and stopped about a mile west of Six Flags in Eureka.

Authorities said a box truck and semi-truck swerved to avoid the disabled vehicle.

When the semi truck swerved, it clipped the back end of the passenger car and overturned in the middle of the interstate.

The driver of the truck was killed. He has not yet been identified.

Police arrived on the scene shortly after the crash and started diverting traffic off the interstate at the Six Flags exit. Emergency crews responded a short time later to attend to injured victims.

Authorities interviewed the driver of the car at the scene. He was later taken to an area hospital to be treated for moderate injuries. DWI charges against him were pending, according to authorities.

Westbound I-44 remained closed for most of Thursday afternoon while crews worked to clear the wreck. It reopened around 4:30 p.m.

Fog blanketed much of the St. Louis-area Thursday morning. Officials said the mixture of fog, high speeds and the involvement of alcohol were all contributing factors to the crash.

 

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